Russia-Ukraine war: new airon curtaina between Russia and west, Kremlin says, as Nato leaders pledge support to Kyiv a live
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:49:03 GMT
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Russiaas foreign minister says Moscow will no longer trust Washington and Brussels as Joe Biden says US and Nato allies will stick with Ukraine

The UKas foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has said that one of the reasons that Russia was able to invade Ukraine was because of underspending on defence in Europe.

Appearing on Sky News, she said:

Iave been very clear that the entire free world, the western alliance, does need to focus more on deterrence. We need to focus more on defence. And what we know is prevention is better than cure.

The lesson that Putin learned from underspending on defence was that he could invade a sovereign nation, and we simply canat let our guard down again, we canat allow that to happen again.

I would say that we need a full range of capabilities to deal with the threats that we face now. Whether those are cyber threats, whether those are land-based threats, naval threats, and we have the balance right. But of course we need to continue to evolve, because weare seeing, you know, we never expected in our lifetimes to see this kind of war on in Europe.

Weave seen the systematic rape of women. Weave seen the attacking of civilians, including at the shopping centre this week. And what we need to make sure is not only are the Ukrainians successful in pushing Russia out of Ukraine, but also that people are held to account for these appalling crimes that have been committed.

Iave not met Vladimir Putin. I do not know the motivations for carrying out this appalling war. All I know is that we have to make it our absolute priority to stop this war, to push Vladimir Putin and the Russian troops out of Ukraine, otherwise we will live in a much less safe Europe.

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Uniformed police not welcome at Pride in London, say organisers
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:44:12 GMT
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Peter Tatchell says officers are welcome to join as civilians but the Met needs to be challenged over homophobia

Pride in London says uniformed officers should not march in the parade, following calls from LGBTQ+ campaigners to bar them due to Scotland Yardas ahomophobica handling of the investigation into the serial killer Stephen Port.

The move came after the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said the case, which the independent police watchdog recently announced it was reinvestigating, showed that ainstitutional homophobia is alive and kicking in the Metropolitan policea.

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Wimbledon 2022: Draper v De Minaur, Nadal v Berankis and more a live!
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:03:37 GMT
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The Wimbledon debutant Gray looks to be growing into this a bit, holding serve confidently for 2-1 in the second set. Over on Court 17 Richard Gasquet is a set up against Mackenzie McDonald of the US, taking the opener 6-3.

Fritzas forehand is calling the shots here, and a lovely winner from the back of the court kickstarts the second set. Grayas got some magic in his locker though and executes a stunning deft drop shot while slipping on the grass, which helps him to a morale-boosting hold from 0-30 down.

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Teenager moved into Logan Mwangias home days before murdering him
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:01:08 GMT
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Craig Mulligan, 14, detained for at least 15 years for murder of five-year-old in south Wales

The teenager who murdered five-year-old Logan Mwangi moved into the family home five days before the killing, in a decision likened by prosecutors to throwing a lit match into a powder keg, it emerged on Thursday.

Craig Mulligan, 14, was ordered on Thursday to be detained for a minimum of 15 years while his stepfather, John Cole, and stepmother, Angharad Williamson, were jailed for a minimum of 29 and 28 years, all for Loganas murder.

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Boris Johnson says defence spending will rise to 2.5% of GDP, after cabinet row
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:27:07 GMT
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PM says mark will be reached by end of decade as UK needs to adapt to more dangerous world

Boris Johnson has said the UK will spend 2.5% of GDP on defence by the end of this decade, after a cabinet row over defence spending and claims the government would ditch a key manifesto commitment on the issue.

Speaking at the end of the Nato conference in Madrid, the prime minister said: aWe need to invest for the long term in vital capabilities like future combat air, while simultaneously adapting to a more dangerous and more competitive world.

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Brexit led to 14% fall in UK exports to EU in 2021, trade figures say
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:20:29 GMT
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Goods and services exported to bloc affected by return of customs border, EU commissioner says

Evidence of the negative impact of Brexit on the UKas trade with the European Union is starting to emerge with EU data showing that exports to the bloc declined by nearly 14% in 2021 compared with 2020, a senior official in Brussels has said.

MaroA! A efAoviA, the European Commission vice-president and Brexit negotiator, said that even with the impact of the pandemic being taken into account, the increase in red tape since the transition period ended in January 2021 has taken its toll on trade in goods and services with the UK.

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aA bloodbatha: refugees reel from deadly Melilla mass crossing
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:37:34 GMT
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Human rights groups say there have been no autopsies or identification of the 23 people killed trying to cross into Spain

Seconds after Mohamed stepped on to Spanish soil, he turned around to see how his friends had fared along the metres-high chain link fence that slices off the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco.

aIt was horrible,a said the 20-year-old from Sudan. aIt was a bloodbath; many of them appeared dead and many were injured.a

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Nerve-cooling implant could offer pain relief alternative to opioids, say researchers
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:00:48 GMT
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Device which can dissolve in the body represents an aengineering approach to treating paina

An implant which can cool nerves to block pain signals has been unveiled by researchers who say the device could offer an alternative to drugs such as opioids.

The team behind the device say it could bring benefits for management of acute pain such as that experienced after amputations, nerve grafts or spinal decompression surgeries.

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New calls to restrict Wimbledonas plastic bottles a despite Nadalas ritual
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:47:45 GMT
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The Spaniard likes to line up single-use bottles, but Laura Robson says tournament must up its environmental game

The former junior Wimbledon champion Laura Robson has joined calls for Wimbledon to limit the use of plastic bottles.

The 28-year-old added that Wimbledon should ban single-use bottles altogether or limit players to just one, adding that fines for breaching the rules were amaybe something that needs to happena.

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aAmazing developmenta: fossil finds show how pandaas false thumb evolved
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:56:17 GMT
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Fossils of Ailurarctos, an extinct panda relative, are oldest known evidence for the radial sesamoid

Ancient fossils discovered in China have helped researchers get a grip on the enduring mystery of the pandaas false thumb.

Modern giant pandas sport a thumb-like sixth digit on their wrists, which scientists believe was pivotal in their transition from omnivores to bamboo-munching vegetarians.

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Nadine Dorries mistakes rugby league for union code at World Cup event
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:15:21 GMT
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  • Culture secretary thought Jonny Wilkinson won league prize
  • RFL chief executive refuses to criticise MP over comment

Nadine Dorries, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, stunned a rugby league audience by confusing the 13-player game with the rival code.

Speaking in St Helens at the launch of a report into the social impact of the upcoming Rugby League World Cup, Dorries opened her address with a reference to Jonny Wilkinsonas match-winning drop goal for England in unionas 2003 Rugby World Cup.

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Ukraine pushes Russian forces from strategic Snake Island
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:33:11 GMT
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Winning back vital Black Sea island could weaken any future Russia coastal land attack

Ukrainian forces have pushed Russian forces from Snake Island, a strategic Black Sea island off the southern coast near the city of Odesa.

Russia portrayed the pullout from Snake Island off the port city of Odesa as a agoodwill gesturea. Ukraineas military said the Russians fled the island in two speedboats after a barrage of Ukrainian artillery and missile strikes.

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Luxembourg PMas same-sex husband seated next to Viktor OrbA!n at summit
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:15:06 GMT
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Hungarian leader was criticised by Xavier Bettel in 2021 for introducing homophobic law

The dozens of invitees were carefully seated along the lengthy table, flanked by columns fashioned out of BagnA"res marble and surrounded by paintings from Spainas Francisco de Goya.

As photos of the Nato dinner at Spainas royal palace filtered out, many were swift to spot what one Spanish news site described as the image of the summit: the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor OrbA!n, seated next to Gauthier Destenay, the first same-sex spouse of a leader of an EU member state.

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Calls for more funding for English classes for Ukrainian refugees
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:55:45 GMT
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Language schools and community groups have reported waiting lists of thousands

Language schools and community groups have called on the government to increase funding for free English classes for Ukrainian refugees, saying they are being inundated with applications.

Providers have reported waiting lists of thousands and Ukrainians around the UK joining their online classes because they do not have anything nearby.

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Nato will stick with Ukraine as long as it takes, says Joe Biden
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:14:17 GMT
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US president says he does not know how war will end, but ait will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukrainea

Joe Biden has declared that the US and Nato allies will stick with Ukraine aas long as it takesa at the end of a two-day summit that saw the military alliance promise hundreds of thousands more troops to defend eastern Europe.

The US president also announced another $800m (APS660m) of military aid to Kyiv a but questions remained about how much detail there was behind the plan to create a 300,000-strong force to deter any Russian attack.

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Boris Johnsonas new agolden rulea: the bunker mentality
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:00:44 GMT
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Embattled prime minister embraces a desire to keep quiet on matters of electability after being branded delusional for third-term comment

It began last Sunday when Boris Johnson, newly arrived at the G7 summit in southern Germany, told ITV that his agolden rulea for politics a one not seemingly aired before a was that politicians should not talk about themselves, just their policies.

The next day, talking to BBC News, the prime minister similarly dismissed all questions about domestic political troubles, including a double byelection loss and new rumblings of discontent among Tory MPs.

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aI felt for the first time I wasnat alonea: how Pride transformed lives
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:59:26 GMT
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To mark 50th anniversary of first event in UK, Guardian readers say what Pride has meant to them

When Richard French-Lowe first went to Pride in London in 1989, he was too afraid to join the march. As a civil servant and serving territorial army soldier, he kept his sexuality hidden because both organisations regarded gay men as a security risk.

But joining the party in Kennington Park, south London, after the march proved to be a transformative experience for French-Lowe, one of about 30 LGBTQ+ people and allies to respond to a Guardian callout about their memories of UK Pride events, 50 years on from the countryas first march.

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Dining across the divide: aHe was not a Nigel Farage-type Brexit person, so that was nicea
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:30:04 GMT
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Sheas a Labour supporter; he hasnat voted in years. Can a carer and a prison caseworker bond over Jeremy Corbyn, despite disagreeing about the EU?

Danny, 56, Pontypool

Occupation Prison, drug and alcohol caseworker

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Is Stranger Things even TV any more?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:37:43 GMT
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Episodes are now movie-length and the amount of major characters is out of control. Is it time to start thinking of the sci-fi epic as the new MCU?

The plot of the upcoming two-part Stranger Things finale remains a great mystery. Netflix isnat giving away a single detail; nor, for that matter, are the cast, production team or publicity department. But nature abhors a vacuum so, in lieu of any official details, I will tell you what I want from the season finale. And what I want is a bloodbath.

I mean it. I want the Red Wedding in an ironic period-era baseball cap. I want it to be a cross between the first part of Saving Private Ryan and the last part of The Wild Bunch. When the credits roll on episode nine, I want a maximum of four primary characters still alive.

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His suit a mess, his skin blotchy, Boris Johnson still thinks heas a catch | John Crace
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:00:49 GMT
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Vladimir Putin might not fancy him much, but buoyed by his halfwit foreign secretary, the PM wound up some happy travels

The timing couldnat have been better. What better way to deal with two humiliating byelection defeats and a growing disaffection within the Tory party about his leadership than for Boris Johnson to spend a week abroad? A chance to forget. To let some of the heat die down. And to try to look worthwhile on a global stage. First at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Kigali. Then the G7 in Bavaria. And finally the Nato summit in Madrid.

But all good things come to an end and the Convict wound up his travels with a final press conference before flying home. It looked as if the week had taken its toll. The hair and the suit were a mess, the skin blotchy and the bags under his eyes appeared to have deepened and darkened visibly in just seven days.

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Guns Na Roses a their 20 greatest songs, ranked!
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:52:13 GMT
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As they play Spursa stadium twice this weekend, we rate the best of the swaggering rock gods, from epic balladry to high-speed juggernauts

Recorded in 1986 and released a year later, this speed metal gem was released as the B-side of the 12in version of Itas So Easy/Mr Brownstone before being lost to antiquity for 31 years. When it resurfaced in 2018, it was still every bit the raspy-voiced hellraiser of yore. The incomprehensible rants, barked hook and ear-splitting solo all make this a slice of classic GnR.

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Bones, bowels and body-snatchers a Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life review
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:37:59 GMT
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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
William Burkeas skeleton looms over this gripping exhibition showcasing the spooky relics of scienceas thirst for anatomical knowledge a and the horrors this often unleashed

What are tiny corpses, each nestled inside a little wooden coffin, doing in an exhibition about the art and science of anatomy? They are, after all, crudely carved artefacts without any pretensions to medical accuracy. But these exhibits are part of one of the most notorious episodes in the history of anatomy, for they seem to have been made and buried outside Edinburgh as a folk art memorial to the victims of William Burke and William Hare.

Burke and Hare, this exhibition shows with clinical precision, were monsters produced by science. They killed 16 poor, marginalised people in just a few months to provide bodies for the cityas competitive anatomy teachers. Edinburgh was the capital of the Scottish Enlightenment, a centre of medical research and teaching renowned across Europe. One anatomy student at Edinburgh University in the early 1800s was Charles Darwin. His damning verdict on his teacher is recorded here: aDr Munro made his lectures on human anatomy as dull as he was himself, and the subject disgusted me.a

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Caleb Landry Jones: aActing was the only place you were allowed to scream or crya
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:27:26 GMT
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After notable turns in No Country for Old Men and Get Out, the Texan actor was rewarded at Cannes last year for his starring role as a real-life mass shooter in Nitram a a part he was initially reluctant to take on

aControl is a funny thing,a says Caleb Landry Jones. aIt can keep you from finding something inherent that is deeper and better for the film: things inside you. Sometimes thereas a kind of control that can be very stilted and boring. I think thereas some kind of balance between knowing what needs to be done and also getting there.a

The livewire 32-year-old actor walks that tightrope in an extraordinary performance in Nitram, the new film by Snowtown director Justin Kurzel about Martin Bryant, the Tasmanian who murdered 35 people in the 1996 Port Arthur shooting. Face bulging with emotion, hyperventilating through temper tantrums, snorting with glee as he pulls his favourite stunt a lunging at the steering wheel of whoever is driving him a Jones seems to be all feeling.

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Why on earth shouldnat Angela Rayner go to the opera?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:32:08 GMT
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Dominic Raabas attack on the Labour frontbencheras attendance at Glyndebourne says more about our class-ridden approach to culture than it does about her

It wouldnat happen in Germany, and certainly not in Italy. It wouldnat cause as much as a raised eyebrow in the US or even in Russia. Only in Britain would a political leader going to the opera stir a controversy.

The fact that the opera was at a country house in the Sussex countryside, with a black-tie dress code is part of the story, of course. That the politician in question is a Labour figure, a woman and working class probably even more so.

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The discovery of the polio virus in Britain proves we can never let our guard down | Andrew Pollard
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:00:04 GMT
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Evidence of the disease in a London sewer shows that without widespread vaccination, no country is immune from its horrors

The finding of a polio virus in repeated sampling from the sewage system in London during 2022 is less of a concern for highly vaccinated communities in the UK, where children are immune to the rare chance of paralysis. However, it is a portent of potential individual catastrophe for families with unvaccinated and undervaccinated children in our capital unless there is urgent action.

In these pandemic times, we shouldnat need much reminding that there are some bad viruses out there, and there always have been. But intervening urgently to control epidemics and outbreaks with vaccines is relatively new. The devastating polio epidemics of the 1940s and 1950s, which left thousands of children paralysed in the UK, were very much in the public eye at the time, with the familiar images of hospitals full of children in coffin-like iron lungs or paralysed children with their legs in callipers.

Prof Sir Andrew Pollard is Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, University of Oxford

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The signs are that Britain isnat heading for a property crash | Phillip Inman
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:09:41 GMT
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It would be naive to rule out the possibility, but the evidence points to house prices dampening rather than tumbling

Nationwide says UK property price rises have slowed for the third consecutive month and most recently from 11.2% in May to 10.7% in June. The slowdown in growth can be traced to the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and an escalation of Britainas cost of living crisis.

Unsurprisingly, property owners ask whether a crash is on the horizon, especially now that the economy is heading into a downturn and possibly a full-blown recession. Adding to the gloomy atmosphere, Bank of England officials, seemingly immune to the prospect of a slump, have begun to raise interest rates.

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All hail the Machiavellian man-eater! The Love Island character that guarantees dynamite TV
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:00:38 GMT
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Ekin-Su CA1/4lcA1/4loAlu has stirred up so much drama that she already belongs in the showas hall of fame. Femme fatales like her make Love Island great

Praise be to the reality TV gods. It has only taken two series, a global pandemic and the nation manufacturing the initial acouplingsa in the first week, but Love Island is finally back on form. The last fortnight has had more drama than the entire last two dreary series combined. And its bounce back is in no small part down to the arrival of Ekin-Su CA1/4lcA1/4loAlu, a Turkish actor who must surely moonlight as a Love Island producer, given her unrelenting commitment to causing chaos.

On her slo-mo arrival into the villa in episode 3, Ekin-Su made her intentions clear. aIam not here to make seasonal girlfriends,a she announced to the other women. aIam here to find the love of my life.a Watching her pursue that goal has been dynamite. Night one she was blowing kisses at Luca as he lay in bed with his partner, Gemma. The next morning she grafted the villaas entire male population by making them breakfast. In a few short days she had successfully made a move on Davide. Then before we knew it, she was crawling on all fours across the terrace to orchestrate a secret kiss with newcomer Jay, a move that will undoubtedly remain in the Love Island hall of fame for years to come.

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Ben Jennings on trustees of Captain Sir Tom Moore foundation facing inquiry a cartoon
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:00:50 GMT
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Putinas war is also a crime a the world must punish Russia as a terrorist state | Andriy Zagorodnyuk
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:09:46 GMT
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After airstrikes on civilian targets, from a shopping mall to hospitals, Ukraineas allies must use the correct legal definitions

As I write, rescuers are still searching the remains of a shopping centre in the central Ukrainian town of Kremenchuk. There were hundreds of people inside the centre when Russian missiles hit it on Monday. The number of casualties is still unclear, but there are 20 confirmed deaths and tens of unidentified bodies. The mall was miles away from any military target. There could be no other reason to attack it than to spread fear and terror in Ukraine. The Russian military hit it with two missiles, ensuring devastating damage.

G7 countries unanimously condemned those attacks, as they should. But unless the world puts a meaningful political and legal definition to these atrocities, such condemnations will very quickly be forgotten by the general public. The world needs to comprehend that along with a ruthless military operation Russia conducts indiscriminate attacks on non-military targets: this is terrorist activity. We need to distinguish it and qualify it as such.

Andriy Zagorodnyuk is a Chairman of Centre for Defence Strategies and former Minister of Defence of Ukraine


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Banning babies from parliament shows just how out of touch Westminster is | Stella Creasy
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:25:14 GMT
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If we want more women with children to become MPs, we need family-friendly policies for parents like me in the Commons

As the Speaker welcomes cats into the chamber, last night his deputy criticised my parenting for bringing my toddler to the voting lobbies. She demanded I hand her over to her instead, despite being a stranger to my child. Such outward hostility towards making parliament family friendly does little to improve the perception that Westminster is out of touch with those it seeks to serve. When 41% of the population think democracy doesnat work, refusing to accept the status quo becomes even more important, not just for equality, but to protect democracy itself.

Todayas news that the procedure committee has decided parents accompanied by babies are forbidden in the House of Commons a in contrast to many other legislatures around the world and previous custom a yet again reinforces the impression Westminster isnat a 21st-century workplace, but a rarefied debating club for the elite. This decision will not affect me. Both my children are now too old to sit quietly so I can speak, but it speaks volumes about how determined some are to send the message that mothers are not welcome unless they pretend their children donat exist.

Stella Creasy is the Labour and Cooperative MP for Walthamstow in London

Do you have an opinion on the issues raised in this article? If you would like to submit a letter of up to 300 words to be considered for publication, email it to us at guardian.letters@theguardian.com

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I thought no one smoked any more a the 13-hour leg of my bus trip through leisure country | Brigid Delaney
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:30:50 GMT
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Sydney to Cairns takes 47 hours nonstop. A log cabin roadhouse outside Gympie provides a rare and welcome treat a actual rest

Why is it that most bus terminals are designed like concrete intestines? They have a distinctive colon-like appearance, and are tucked into the centre of a city and covered by the skin of a decrepit shopping centre, or simply an ugly wall. You find the mouth of the terminal after much circling and confusion, entering through a concrete pipe that goes around and around and around a deep into the centre of something, until finally you locate your bay. All going well, you come out the other end, transformed!, as a bus passenger.

I have a lot of time to think about such things, because of the sheer amount of hours I am spending on the bus.

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The Guardian view on policing in crisis: the Met needs a superhead | Editorial
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:44:28 GMT
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Six forces including Londonas are now in special measures. But the governmentas actions too should be scrutinised

The daunting task awaiting the soon-to-be-appointed chief of the Metropolitan police just got harder. As of this week, the force has been placed under conditions known as aengagea a the term used by the police inspectorate (HMIC) for special measures. While the full details are not yet public, this means that the Met, along with five other forces including Greater Manchester, must accept external help and monitoring.

The indications are that the decision on the Met a by far the UKas highest-profile force, with responsibility for counter-terrorism as well as policing the capital a was based on a buildup of serious problems and failures to fix them. These include ongoing issues with stop and search, with grounds for a quarter of stops not recorded; poor handling of victims; huge gaps in the recording of crime; and strip-searches carried out on children. At least eight further cases are being independently examined after the force apologised for its treatment of Child Q, who was searched at school while she had her period.

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The Guardian view on the Nato summit: new roles for old | Editorial
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:45:05 GMT
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The cold war military alliance has been revived as a result of Russiaas invasion of Ukraine. But the words are not yet matched by the deeds

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization sometimes looked like an alliance in search of a purpose. After this weekas Nato summit in Madrid, that charge is harder to sustain. Nato provided the structure for emergency western efforts to support Ukraine following Russiaas unprovoked invasion in February. Four months on, the alliance has now put that on a more long-term footing, with major financial, strategic and regional consequences. Yet important uncertainties still remain.

Natoas repurposing has four elements. The first is strategic a recognising that attempts to form a cooperative relationship with Russia have ended for the foreseeable future, and that Russiaas invasion of Ukraine, inexcusable in itself, also marks a wider confrontation with the west. The second is the reversal of the post-1989 era of declining defence budgets. This has now been replaced by an expanded deterrence marked by aid to Ukraine, higher military spending for the coming decade and a sevenfold increase in the number of Nato troops on high alert to reach 300,000.

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Now is the time for Scots to escape the clutches of Westminster | Letters
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:48:18 GMT
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Alastair McLeish and Sue Hawthorne make the case for independence to create a different kind of politics of the common good. Plus letters from Greg Stephens, William Bartram and Robert Jeffs

Your editorial (28 June) is right to say that aall nations are createda. I look forward to the time when Scotland will be able to recreate itself as a vibrant, self-confident social democracy, freed at last from the shackles of backward-looking rightwing Westminster governments that it never voted for.

Of course, the British political establishment will say that this project of self-renewal is wholly beyond us. It will cite what it regards as the insurmountable obstacle of the economy, as if we Scots were in perpetual need of English markets and largesse when, in fact, readmission to the EU beckons, outside of which England has become a sinking ship.

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Negativity is hampering childrenas homesa ability to provide good care | Letter
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:47:36 GMT
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Excessive focus on normal safeguarding processes is compounding the shortage of residential childcare capacity, writes Peter Sandiford

I write on behalf of the Independent Childrenas Homes Association, whose members include local authorities, charities and for-profit providers, in response to your report (Serious incidents more common in for-profit childrenas homes in England, 28 June). Demand for childrenas home placements is significantly outstripping available capacity, and two critical issues are preventing the development of additional capacity.

The first issue is the lack of suitable staff. The registration of new childrenas homes to meet the placement needs of local authorities is a relatively straightforward process for providers. However, they cannot a and should not a do so without appropriately skilled and qualified staff. The second issue is the irrational focus on regulatory processes such as notifications a issues that must be reported to Ofsted. These are normal, important, day-to-day safeguarding processes in childrenas social care, and do not automatically indicate a problem with the care being provided.

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Katie Boulter breaks new ground at Wimbledon to oust 2021 finalist Pliskova
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:31:09 GMT
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  • Boulter reaches third round for first time in 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 win
  • aMy gran passed away two days ago a| I dedicate this to hera

Before her bounteous grass-court summer began, Katie Boulter had not beaten a single top 40 player in her life. Her total record against top 50 opposition was 4-14, not where a player with such high aspirations would like to be, and in those big moments she was yet to truly fly. But still, throughout her career Boulter has always carried with her the reputation of a player who loves the grand occasions and thrives in the face of the toughest challenges.

On the biggest stage of all, Centre Court, Boulteras reputation accorded with reality in spectacular fashion as she produced the biggest win of her career to upset Karolina Pliskova, the sixth seed and last yearas finalist, reaching a grand slam third round for the first time in her career with a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 win.

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England cruise to victory over Switzerland in final Euros warmup
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:18:14 GMT
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  • Switzerland Women 0-4 England Women
  • Wiegmanas side help themselves to four second-half goals

The Lionesses maintained their unbeaten record under Sarina Wiegman with a second-half performance, boosted by their super subs, earning a 4-0 win over Switzerland in their final match before they face Austria at Old Trafford in their Euros opener next Wednesday.

This was not the easiest of games for the visiting team that, in the stifling heat, had to contend with the pride of a team that had suffered a 7-0 defeat in their preceding game, a record crowd for the Swiss national team of 10,022, positional shifts and fears of injury before the Euros.

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Police raid Bahrain Victorious team again on eve of Tour de France
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:53:52 GMT
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  • Danish police search teamas hotel at French prosecutorsa behest
  • Team say investigation is trying to damage their reputation

The Tour de France starts in Copenhagen on Friday with a cloud hanging over it after the Bahrain Victorious team, winners of three stages in last yearas race, was subjected to a second police raid in a week.

The teamas hotel in BrA,ndby was searched at dawn on Thursday morning by Danish police officers as part of an investigation by French prosecutors. It was the second search of the teamas riders and staff in a week and follows an initial search and investigation that began during the latter stages of last yearas race.

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Stokes looks to bigger picture before long-delayed England v India finale
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:00:47 GMT
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Both sides are much changed for an Edgbaston Test that will decide the 2021 series that was curtailed due to Covid

The next time someone talks about the future of Test cricket in sombre tones, as if its decline is as inevitable as coastal erosion, point them to the rearranged fifth Test between England and India that gets under way in leafy south Birmingham on Friday.

Granted, the sands are shifting elsewhere in the world. But India pitch up in whites this week because to not complete last yearas series a one the tourists led 2-1 when Covid entered their camp ahead of the Old Trafford finale a would have left a APS40m black hole. In these parts, whatever the short-form enthusiasts say, Test cricket is still king.

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Kyrgios sends areminder to put you in your placea after setting up Tsitsipas tie
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:39:27 GMT
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  • Australian bemoans amediaas disrespecta during opening win
  • Kyrgios claims he is aone of most important people in the sporta

With Nick Kyrgios, you never know quite what youare going to get. Two days after he struggled past Paul Jubb and spat in the direction of a fan who he said was abusing him, the Australian produced a flawless performance to march into the third round, the kind of display that, if he were to reproduce on a consistent basis, would make him a world-beater.

Filip Krajinovic reached the final at Queenas Club less than two weeks ago but the Serb was blown away, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 by Kyrgios, in full flight, with 50 winners to just 10 unforced errors, 24 aces and a phenomenal day on serve, which saw him lose just nine points. aJust wanted to remind everyone that Iam pretty good,a he said. Today from the get-go, I just felt really good. From the back of the court I felt like I really returned well. I was just very just locked in from the get-go today. I just wanted to prove to people that Iam really good. I feel like I just donat have the respect sometimes, you know?a

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Lewis Hamilton demands action not aempty wordsa to promote F1 diversity
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:02:35 GMT
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  • Former driver Nelson Piquet used racist epithet about Hamilton
  • aI donat know why we are giving older voices a platforma

Lewis Hamilton has demanded that F1 and its teams take genuine action against racism and to promote diversity, saying that older voices are holding the sport back.

After the former driver Nelson Piquetas use of a racist epithet to describe Hamilton earlier this week, the British driver has called out his sport for merely paying lip service towards change.

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How Frenkie de Jong could fit in at Erik ten Hagas Manchester United
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:26:12 GMT
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With the midfielder poised to sign we look at three formations and how the team could look with and without other targets

Erik ten Tag is confident his marquee summer target, Frenkie de Jong, will soon be confirmed as a Manchester United player in what is expected to be a total a!85m deal. Given that the midfielder was reluctant to leave Barcelona and is one of Europeas finest talents, De Jongas arrival could prove a coup. He is versatile, too. In three seasons at Ajax the 25-year-old operated 12 times as a centre-back, 50 as a defensive midfielder, and 12 in a more central berth. After arriving at Barcelona in July 2019, he again played in central defence (nine times), as a holding player on 36 occasions and a central midfielder 93.

So, how could Ten Hag utilise De Jong and who else could the manager select in his XI if we include other current targets: Feyenoordas Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen (a free agent), and Antony and Lisandro MartAnez of Ajax?

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Owen Farrell avery unhappya at losing England captaincy, Eddie Jones reveals
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:48:21 GMT
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  • Courtney Lawes will captain side in first Test against Australia
  • Jones wants Farrell to focus on his form after spell out of side

Owen Farrell was avery unhappya at losing the England captaincy, Eddie Jones has revealed after installing Courtney Lawes in the role for the coming series against Australia.

Farrell returns to the side for Saturdayas first Test in Perth, for his first appearance since November, also against the Wallabies, but Jonesas decision to stick with Lawes regardless represents a sea change. Farrell has held the role since 2018 but in his absence this season, Tom Curry and Lawes have both filled in and Jones has opted to stick with the latter. The last time Farrell played for England without holding the captaincy was the 2018 Six Nations but Lawes has proved a popular leader among the squad.

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Burning ban failing to protect Englandas peatlands, say conservation groups
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:10:00 GMT
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Ministers urged to toughen law to help restore carbon sinks, as figures point to illegal burning

The government is failing to protect peatlands in England, conservation groups have warned, with the country at risk of losing more of its most efficient carbon sinks.

Figures obtained by Wildlife and Countryside Link suggest illegal burns of the areas, which are important for biodiversity and carbon sequestration, are likely to have taken place.

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UK government to scrap European law protecting special habitats
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:00:31 GMT
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Environment secretary George Eustice wants to amend Habitats Directive, which protects Natura 2000 sites

Environment secretary George Eustice wants to tear up a key piece of European law that environmentalists say protects cherished habitats in the UK.

Eustice told MPs the Habitats Directive was in a list of laws he wanted to amend in the forthcoming Brexit freedoms bill designed to cut red tape, saying it was bureaucratic and fundamentally flawed on multiple levels.

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Coca-Cola among brands greenwashing over packaging, report says
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:00:32 GMT
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Research aexposes litany of misleading claimsa by household names, including Coca-Cola and Unilever

Claims about plastic packaging being eco-friendly made by big brands, including Coca-Cola and Unilever, are misleading greenwashing, according to a report.

The Changing Markets Foundation says claims that companies are intercepting and using aocean-bounda or arecyclablea plastic to tackle the plastic pollution crisis are some of the most common examples of greenwashing.

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Watchdogs condemn police response to domestic abuse claims against officers
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:14:39 GMT
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Joint inquiry hears evidence of officers in England and Wales using their status to deter victims from making reports

Police forces in England and Wales are responding to reports of their own officers committing domestic abuse in a way that is asignificantly harming the public interesta, with just 9% of such allegations leading to criminal charges, a joint watchdog investigation has found.

The College of Policing, Her Majestyas Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and the Independent Office for Police Conduct heard evidence of police perpetrators of domestic abuse using their knowledge, status and powers to intimidate victims and deter them from making reports.

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BT staff vote for first national strike in 35 years
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:49:58 GMT
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Landline and broadband customers told to expect disruption as engineers, call centre and shop staff back action

BT staff have voted for their first national strike in 35 years, which is expected to affect customers across the country having broadband services installed or getting faults fixed.

The strike by BT engineers and call centre staff represents the vast majority of its 58,000-strong frontline workforce, and the trade union organising the ballot has said that BT customers can expect disruption to services including repairs, having new phone and internet lines fitted or getting hold of support staff.

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UK data watchdog to scale back fines for public bodies
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:54:02 GMT
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Information Commissioneras Office says users of public services often bear brunt of financial punishments

The UKas data watchdog is to scale back fines for public bodies after admitting that users of services often bear the brunt of the financial punishment.

The Information Commissioneras Office will continue to issue fines for the most serious cases of data breaches in the public sector, but otherwise it will lean on other powers within its remit such as warnings, reprimands and enforcement notices.

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Boris Johnson says India arbitrarily detaining British Sikh activist
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:18:30 GMT
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Letter from PM saying Jagtar Singh Johal is being arbitrarily held comes four and a half years after Johalas arrest

Boris Johnson has for the first time said that the Indian government is arbitrarily detaining Jagtar Singh Johal, the British Sikh activist held in an Indian jail for four and a half years.

In a letter to Keir Starmer seen by the Guardian, the prime minister says Singh has been arbitrarily detained without formal charges being laid against him. He was arrested in 2017 over his alleged role in killings by the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), a banned terrorist organisation.

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Nadhim Zahawi makes U-turn on schools bill after criticism
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:25:19 GMT
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Minister scraps plans to increase DfE control of academy trusts, derided as aridiculous attempt to centralise power in Whitehalla

Ministers have announced a U-turn on key elements of the governmentas schools bill, scrapping or amending clauses that would have given the Department for Education (DfE) greater control over avirtually every aspecta of academy trusts in England.

The schools bill, launched by Nadhim Zahawi, has run into opposition from Conservative and crossbench peers for giving the education secretary a veto over appointments of school trustees, the power to rescind funding agreements and even determine the length of the school day within each trust.

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Boy, seven, to cycle from London to Paris in honour of late father
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:10:54 GMT
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Bereavement charity that supported Rupert Brookeas family will benefit from 200-mile trek

A seven-year-old boy will become one of the youngest people to cycle between London and Paris as he raises money for a charity that supported him after his fatheras death.

Rupert Brooke, from Leicestershire, has already raised more than APS11,500 for the Childrenas Bereavement Centre, almost a week before he starts the challenge.

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Amazon close to deal over Champions League rights in UK
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:18:56 GMT
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US retailer and streaming giant set to split UK rights with BT Sport, while BBC to broadcast highlights in new Match of the Day edition

Amazon is close to securing a groundbreaking deal to broadcast live Champions League football in the UK from 2024, with highlights returning to terrestrial TV for the first time in nearly a decade in a midweek BBC Match of Day show.

The US internet retailer and streaming giant, which already has a broadcast portfolio spanning Premier League football, tennis and rugby, is understood to be set to split the UK rights with existing holder BT Sport in a new deal with the governing body, Uefa, running from 2024 until 2027.

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Peabody Trust accused of failing to offer tenants suitable alternative homes
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:21:32 GMT
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Nineteen tenants living in south London estate that is being demolished say homes offered to them are unaffordable and too far away

The Peabody Trust, one of the UKas oldest and best known housing associations, has been accused of failing to rehouse 19 tenants it plans to evict to make way for a new development.

Their plight highlights an acute shortage of affordable homes for low-wage key workers amid concern that too much new building is being targeted at more lucrative markets.

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Ministers unveil plan to tackle airport crisis after fresh Heathrow disruption
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:19:30 GMT
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Travel chaos for thousands as airport orders cancellation of 30 flights abecause it could not handle thema

UK ministers have unveiled a 22-point plan to help tackle the airport staffing crisis after a day of further cancellations at Heathrow raised anxiety over the industryas ability to cope this summer.

The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said the government had set out how it was backing aviation, and it was now up to airlines and airports to set realistic schedules.

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US supreme court rules against EPA and hobbles government power to limit harmful emissions
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:38:19 GMT
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Court sides with Republican states as ruling represents landmark moment in rightwing effort to dismantle aregulatory statea

The US supreme court has sided with Republican-led states to in effect hobble the federal governmentas ability to tackle the climate crisis, in a ruling that will have profound implications for the governmentas overall regulatory power.

In a 6-3 decision that will seriously hinder Americaas ability to stave off disastrous global heating, the supreme court, which became dominated by rightwing justices under the Trump administration, has opted to support a case brought by West Virginia that demands the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) be limited in how it regulates planet-heating gases from the energy sector.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in to supreme court after ruling deals blow to climate crisis a live
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:39:37 GMT
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Democrats and environmental groups are fuming over the Supreme Courtas decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, which has dramatic consequences for the administrationas climate ambitions but also for the worldas ability to cut emissions at the speed and scale scientists say are needed to avert catastrophic climate change.

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Biden backs exception to Senate filibuster to protect abortion access
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:57:23 GMT
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President in Madrid says he supports aexception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the supreme court decisiona

Joe Biden said on Thursday he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect access to abortion, after the supreme court overturned the right in a historic ruling this month.

aIf the filibuster gets in the way, itas like voting rights,a Biden said during a press conference at the Nato summit in Madrid, adding that there should be an aexception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the supreme court decisiona.

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Liz Cheney calls Trump aa domestic threat we have never faced beforea
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:32:01 GMT
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Vice-chair of January 6 committee tells fellow Republicans it is impossible to be loyal to both Trump and the US constitution

Congresswoman Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the congressional panel investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, has warned that former president Donald Trump represents aa domestic threat that we have never faced beforea.

Cheney, the daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney, told fellow Republicans that it was impossible to be loyal to both Trump and the American constitution.

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A quarter of Americans open to taking up arms against government, poll says
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:48:59 GMT
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Survey of 1,000 registered US voters also reveals that most Americans agree government is acorrupt and riggeda

More than one quarter of US residents feel so estranged from their government that they feel it might asoon be necessary to take up armsa against it, a poll released on Thursday claimed.

This survey of 1,000 registered US voters, published by the University of Chicagoas Institute of Politics (IOP), also revealed that most Americans agree the government is acorrupt and rigged against everyday people like mea.

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aPeople should be awarea: eggs of tiny, infectious worm found in parks in New York and Europe
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:09:47 GMT
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The Toxocara worm can spread to humans via cat or dog feces, making children who play in sand or soil particularly at risk

Scattered in cat sandboxes and dog runs around the world, thereas a parasite invisible to the naked eye that mostly infects these creatures. Itas a tiny worm that lives in the animalsa muscles and digestive systems, but can spread to others.

Sometimes, though, it infects humans. Increasingly researchers are concerned that children are inadvertently consuming these parasites, known as Toxocara, and so they are studying places where humans and pets come into contact with one another: city parks.

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Republican push to recruit election deniers as poll workers causes alarm
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:32 GMT
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Training sessions in battleground states led by activists who claim the 2020 election was stolen aim to influence conduct of elections

Republicans and other conservative groups are undertaking a huge effort to recruit election workers, a push that could install people with unfounded doubts about the 2020 election in key positions in voting precincts where they could exert considerable power over elections.

At the forefront of this push is Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who was on Donald Trumpas legal team in 2020 and played a key role in his effort to overturn the election. Over the last few months, Mitchell has held aelection integrity summitsa in several battleground states, convening groups and citizens who continue to believe the 2020 election was stolen. The summits offer in-depth training on how to monitor election offices and how to work elections. At a mid-June summit in North Carolina, Mitchell mocked the term aelection deniera and said awhether the outcome was correct, thatas all I denya. Voter fraud is extremely rare and there was no evidence of widespread fraud in 2020.

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Beijing hits out at Nato strategy for amalicious attacka on China
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:03:18 GMT
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Western military bloc says China poses aserious challengesa to global stability

China has issued a strong rebuke at Nato, calling out what it said was acold war thinking and ideological biasa, after the western military bloc said Beijing posed aserious challengesa to global stability.

Nato allies agreed for the first time to include challenges and threats posed by China into a strategy blueprint in its latest summit in Madrid this week. The allianceas previous document, issued in 2010, made no mention of China.

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Ben & Jerryas criticises deal that will resume sales in occupied territories
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:18:56 GMT
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Firm says it does not agree with parent companyas decision to sell off brandas Israeli business

Ben & Jerryas has said it does not agree with its parent companyas decision to sell off the ice-cream brandas Israeli business.

Unilever announced this week it had sold off Ben & Jerryas business in Israel in an attempt to extricate itself from a row over sales of the ice-cream in settlements in the West Bank.

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Kinzinger slams fellow Republican Boebert and warns of aChristian Talibana
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:20:01 GMT
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Adam Kinzinger says ano difference between this and the Talibana after Lauren Boebertas call to end separation of church and state

A Republican congressman slammed GOP colleague Lauren Boebertas recent call to end separation of church and state in the US, warning: aThere is no difference between this and the Taliban.a

aWe must opposed [sic] the Christian Taliban,a Adam Kinzinger, a US representative for Illinois, said on Wednesday. aI say this as a Christian.a

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Hells Angels motorcycle club leader Sonny Barger dies at age 83
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:08:43 GMT
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Barger founded the Oakland chapter in 1957 and became the groupas US president, bringing them to international notoriety

Sonny Barger, a leader of the Hells Angels who was key to bringing the outlaw motorcycle club to international notoriety, died on Wednesday from cancer. Barger was 83.

aIf you are reading this message, youall know that Iam gone. Iave asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing,a a post on Bargeras official Facebook page said. aIave lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And Iave had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.

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Russia-Ukraine war: new airon curtaina between Russia and west, Kremlin says, as Nato leaders pledge support to Kyiv a live
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:49:03 GMT
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Russiaas foreign minister says Moscow will no longer trust Washington and Brussels as Joe Biden says US and Nato allies will stick with Ukraine

The UKas foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has said that one of the reasons that Russia was able to invade Ukraine was because of underspending on defence in Europe.

Appearing on Sky News, she said:

Iave been very clear that the entire free world, the western alliance, does need to focus more on deterrence. We need to focus more on defence. And what we know is prevention is better than cure.

The lesson that Putin learned from underspending on defence was that he could invade a sovereign nation, and we simply canat let our guard down again, we canat allow that to happen again.

I would say that we need a full range of capabilities to deal with the threats that we face now. Whether those are cyber threats, whether those are land-based threats, naval threats, and we have the balance right. But of course we need to continue to evolve, because weare seeing, you know, we never expected in our lifetimes to see this kind of war on in Europe.

Weave seen the systematic rape of women. Weave seen the attacking of civilians, including at the shopping centre this week. And what we need to make sure is not only are the Ukrainians successful in pushing Russia out of Ukraine, but also that people are held to account for these appalling crimes that have been committed.

Iave not met Vladimir Putin. I do not know the motivations for carrying out this appalling war. All I know is that we have to make it our absolute priority to stop this war, to push Vladimir Putin and the Russian troops out of Ukraine, otherwise we will live in a much less safe Europe.

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Nato will stick with Ukraine as long as it takes, says Joe Biden
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:14:17 GMT
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US president says he does not know how war will end, but ait will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukrainea

Joe Biden has declared that the US and Nato allies will stick with Ukraine aas long as it takesa at the end of a two-day summit that saw the military alliance promise hundreds of thousands more troops to defend eastern Europe.

The US president also announced another $800m (APS660m) of military aid to Kyiv a but questions remained about how much detail there was behind the plan to create a 300,000-strong force to deter any Russian attack.

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What did the G7 and Nato summits really mean for Ukraine?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:36:43 GMT
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Analysis: Volodymyr Zelenskiy needs ammunition, not words a but the meetings in Bavaria and Madrid were still highly significant

Over five days, the leaders of the G7 and Nato shifted from the pastoral backdrop of the Bavarian Alps to the more prosaic plains of Madrid, but at no point was there a shortage of photo opportunities, trumpeting of democracy, multibillion-dollar announcements or pledges of unstinting resolve to help Ukraine.

But as the leaders head home to their more mundane domestic challenges, it is legitimate to ask how far these promises change the balance of power on the battlefield, or put doubt in the mind of Vladimir Putin. For although these summits were an exercise in reassurance to domestic electorates, and to a lesser extent to Ukraine, the target audience was really one man: the Russian president.

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How Kansas City became the 2026 World Cupas most unlikely host city
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:00:34 GMT
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The city will be the smallest US metro area to host games at the tournament, but it has a long and proud soccer history to call on

Kansas City was hardly a sure bet to be named that day as one of the host cities for the 2026 World Cup, but Kathy Nelson was confident enough to arrange for one of those big-screen watch parties in the trendy Power & Light District downtown when Fifa confirmed the choices on 16 June.

Nelson, the president of the Kansas City Sports Commission, felt that the city, even though it is the 31st-largest metropolitan area in the US, had made a strong bid. But Fifa had leaked nothing. When Kansas City was picked, the crowd roared. She cried, a little.

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How the gas industry aims to rebrand as acleana energy to appeal to Black and Latino voters
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:36 GMT
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Pipeline companies facing opposition in blue states have launched a $10m PR campaign targeting the Democratic base

American energy corporation the Williams Companies was facing yet another setback in its attempts to build a natural gas pipeline in New York.

After a years-long battle, state regulators and pushback from protesters had forced the company to cancel its previously proposed Constitution pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. And in May 2020, another major Williams project a a nearly $1bn gas pipeline that would run underwater from New Jersey to the Rockaway peninsula in Queens a was rejected for a second time.

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Earliest Pacific seafarers were matrilocal society, study suggests
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:00:49 GMT
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DNA analysis of 164 individuals from 2,800 to 300 years ago shows men would move to be with their wives

The worldas earliest seafarers who set out to colonise remote Pacific islands nearly 3,000 years ago were a matrilocal society with communities organised around the female lineage, analysis of ancient DNA suggests.

The research, based on genetic sequencing of 164 ancient individuals from 2,800 to 300 years ago, suggested that some of the earliest inhabitants of islands in Oceania had population structures in which women almost always remained in their communities after marriage, while men left their motheras community to live with that of their wife. This pattern is strikingly different from that of patrilocal societies, which appeared to be the norm in ancient populations in Europe and Africa.

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aI couldnat have the babya: Hondurasas poor suffer most from draconian abortion laws
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 04:45:29 GMT
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Thousands of women and young girls living in poverty are forced to turn to a deadly illegal trade a risking jail and their lives

It is a secret that spreads by word of mouth in poor neighbourhoods across Honduras; where to buy the pills, how to use them without being discovered, what to say if you have to go to the hospital. Blunt objects, herbal infusions, plant medicine all become tools of a deadly trade in illegal abortions when no other option exists.

Carla*, from a rundown part of the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, was 17 and still at school when she realised she was pregnant. When they found out, her parents made her leave the house, saying she was on her own.

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Earthly Order: amercurial professora with urgent ideas on climate change
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:06:31 GMT
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In his ambitious new book, distinguished professor Saleem Ali tries to bridge the gap between politics and science to help plan for a safer future

Saleem Ali a whose Twitter bio begins aMercurial Professora a is not trying to be the new Stephen Hawking.

aPeople buy all these theoretical physics books in droves because they think having them on the shelves will make them look smart,a opines the distinguished professor of energy and the environment at the University of Delaware. aA Brief History of Time is a very difficult book to read.a

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The killings of Black women: five findings from our investigation
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:15:04 GMT
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A 33% rise in rate of homicides of Black women and girls in the US in 2020 rivals that of Black men, analysis shows

Five Black women and girls were killed every day in the United States in 2020, as a national increase in gun violence during the pandemic took a heavy toll on some of the countryas most vulnerable people.

In all 1,821 Black women and girls were killed in 2020. That was an additional 461 women and girls who were murdered in 2020 compared with 2019 a more than one additional killing a day.

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Is Stranger Things even TV any more?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:37:43 GMT
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Episodes are now movie-length and the amount of major characters is out of control. Is it time to start thinking of the sci-fi epic as the new MCU?

The plot of the upcoming two-part Stranger Things finale remains a great mystery. Netflix isnat giving away a single detail; nor, for that matter, are the cast, production team or publicity department. But nature abhors a vacuum so, in lieu of any official details, I will tell you what I want from the season finale. And what I want is a bloodbath.

I mean it. I want the Red Wedding in an ironic period-era baseball cap. I want it to be a cross between the first part of Saving Private Ryan and the last part of The Wild Bunch. When the credits roll on episode nine, I want a maximum of four primary characters still alive.

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Meat, monopolies, mega farms: how the US food system fuels climate crisis
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:37 GMT
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From a beef-heavy diet to growing crops that donat feed people a the biggest challenges facing the agriculture industry

Food and the climate crisis are locked in a tangled web of cause and effect. Globally, food systems contribute about a third of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yet they are also uniquely vulnerable to climate impacts: from soaring temperatures and drought to intense rainfall and flooding.

Food production is caught in a battle between people and profits, as an increasingly industrialized system prioritizes low operating costs and high profits. In the US, nearly 40 million people donat know where their next meal is coming from and food workers are some of the lowest paid in the country. Agriculture contributes less than 1% to GDP in the US a yet it is responsible for 11% of the countryas GHG emissions, polluted waterways and millions of acres of degraded land.

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Denise Richards: aIf thereas a lost dog in the neighbourhood, they will always find mea
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:52:44 GMT
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The Starship Troopers and Wild Things star answers your questions on her canine charity work, being a Real Housewife and the embarrassment of shooting sex scenes

Do you reflect on the characters youave played once filming has finished? Did Carmen from Starship Troopers live to regret dumping the filmas hero, Johnny Rico, or did she live her happily ever after? RoteHahn

I usually think more about what happened off camera and where I was in life at that time. Starship Troopers was pretty much our first movie, we were all unknowns, so it was a wonderful bonding moment. Some of the characters Iave played have died, so I know what happened to them. But I donat think Carmen regrets breaking up with Johnny. She probably misses him but it was important for her to grow into a woman.

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Steamed up over kettlegate? Or is the New York Times pile-on just a storm in a teacup?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:52:16 GMT
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The paper has seemingly just discovered the electric kettle and the internet is incredulous that Americans donat know the best way to make a cuppa

Cait, I keep seeing tweets about the joy of that most utilitarian of kitchen appliances: the electric kettle. Why is everyone talking about kettles a| again?

Well, Imogen a the New York Times has just discovered kettles.

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The Roe ruling is not about statesa rights. Itas about power and control | Derecka Purnell
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:20:36 GMT
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Itas tempting to blame rightwing evangelicals for what happened last week a but big business also benefits from our loss of autonomy

I found out about Dobbs, the supreme courtas recent decision that overturned Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey, in a room full of Black women in Boston. One interrupted a conference panel discussion and made the announcement. Gasps, groans, and murmurs followed. I rushed outside and wept briefly on the phone while breaking the news to loved ones. The state of affairs is profoundly unfair. Not only did the court erase the federal protection of abortion rights and access, but Justice Clarence Thomas additionally called for the review and overturning of other important court decisions that protect privacy rights, same-sex intercourse and same-sex marriage.

I wish I could say something like: aI never thought I would live to see the day this would happen.a But Iam honestly not sure. I spent a couple of years in college casually arguing against abortion. At the time, I had been unfortunately persuaded by social media accounts that Planned Parenthood was a eugenic plot to kill Black babies and destroy Black families. Though most abortion recipients are white women, Black women disproportionately terminate their pregnancies. Since I could easily point to ways that the state failed to protect poor, Black people and perpetuated violence, I initially found the arguments against abortion for the sake of protecting Black life convincing.

Derecka Purnell is a Guardian US columnist

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Why are we feeding crops to our cars when people are starving? | George Monbiot
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:33 GMT
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Modern biofuels are touted as a boon for the climate. But, used on a large scale, they are no more sustainable than whale oil

What can you say about governments that, in the midst of a global food crisis, choose instead to feed machines? You might say they were crazy, uncaring or cruel. But these words scarcely suffice when you seek to describe the burning of food while millions starve.

Thereas nothing complicated about the effects of turning crops into biofuel. If food is used to power cars or generate electricity or heat homes, either it must be snatched from human mouths, or ecosystems must be snatched from the planetas surface, as arable lands expand to accommodate the extra demand. But governments and the industries that they favour obscure this obvious truth. They distract and confuse us about an evidently false solution to climate breakdown.

George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist

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His suit a mess, his skin blotchy, Boris Johnson still thinks heas a catch | John Crace
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:00:49 GMT
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Vladimir Putin might not fancy him much, but buoyed by his halfwit foreign secretary, the PM wound up some happy travels

The timing couldnat have been better. What better way to deal with two humiliating byelection defeats and a growing disaffection within the Tory party about his leadership than for Boris Johnson to spend a week abroad? A chance to forget. To let some of the heat die down. And to try to look worthwhile on a global stage. First at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Kigali. Then the G7 in Bavaria. And finally the Nato summit in Madrid.

But all good things come to an end and the Convict wound up his travels with a final press conference before flying home. It looked as if the week had taken its toll. The hair and the suit were a mess, the skin blotchy and the bags under his eyes appeared to have deepened and darkened visibly in just seven days.

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Wimbledon 2022: Draper v De Minaur, Nadal beats Berankis and more a live!
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:18:34 GMT
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The Wimbledon debutant Gray looks to be growing into this a bit, holding serve confidently for 2-1 in the second set. Over on Court 17 Richard Gasquet is a set up against Mackenzie McDonald of the US, taking the opener 6-3.

Fritzas forehand is calling the shots here, and a lovely winner from the back of the court kickstarts the second set. Grayas got some magic in his locker though and executes a stunning deft drop shot while slipping on the grass, which helps him to a morale-boosting hold from 0-30 down.

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Hornetsa Bridges arrested on reported felony domestic violence charges
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:12:19 GMT
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  • Hornets forward arrested Wednesday on eve of NBA free agency
  • Bridges, 24, was set to command max contract in coming weeks

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles after a warrant was issued, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD spokeswoman Lizeth Lomeli confirmed Bridges was arrested, but did not release details on the charges. TMZ reported that Bridges is facing felony domestic violence charges.

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Police raid Bahrain Victorious team again on eve of Tour de France
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:53:52 GMT
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  • Danish police search teamas hotel at French prosecutorsa behest
  • Team say investigation is trying to damage their reputation

The Tour de France starts in Copenhagen on Friday with a cloud hanging over it after the Bahrain Victorious team, winners of three stages in last yearas race, was subjected to a second police raid in a week.

The teamas hotel in BrA,ndby was searched at dawn on Thursday morning by Danish police officers as part of an investigation by French prosecutors. It was the second search of the teamas riders and staff in a week and follows an initial search and investigation that began during the latter stages of last yearas race.

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aItas wronga: LIV Golf touches down in Oregon amid mounting local criticism
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:10:18 GMT
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  • September 11 families plan protest as LIV tees off in Oregon
  • Anger looms over hit-and-run death of local teen in 2016

LIV Golfas first US event was set to begin Thursday, with a group of survivors and families who lost loved ones in the September 11 terror attacks planning to gather at a nearby park to speak out against the Saudi Arabia-funded tour.

Brett Eagleson was 15 years old when he lost his father in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that day in 2001.

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James Harden declines $47.4m option with 76ers, eyeing new deal with team
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:02:29 GMT
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  • Harden will take less to give Sixers more flexibility in free agency
  • Former MVP joined Philadelphia in mid-season trade last year

James Harden is taking less with hopes the Philadelphia 76ers can do more.

A person familiar with the situation said Harden chose not to exercise his $47.4m option for next season and will become a free agent a but with no designs on leaving Philadelphia. Harden made the decision to allow the 76ers the flexibility they need to sign other players this summer, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side confirmed those plans publicly.

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Lewis Hamilton demands action not aempty wordsa to promote F1 diversity
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:02:35 GMT
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  • Former driver Nelson Piquet used racist epithet about Hamilton
  • aI donat know why we are giving older voices a platforma

Lewis Hamilton has demanded that F1 and its teams take genuine action against racism and to promote diversity, saying that older voices are holding the sport back.

After the former driver Nelson Piquetas use of a racist epithet to describe Hamilton earlier this week, the British driver has called out his sport for merely paying lip service towards change.

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aA massive betrayala: how Londonas Olympic legacy was sold out
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:00:31 GMT
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After so many other Olympic sites ended up left to rot, London 2012 was supposed to be different. But who has really benefited from this orgy of development?

To Paul Amuzie, it seemed like a life-changing opportunity. He was 16 and living in temporary accommodation with his mother and three siblings, having moved from home to home since his parents divorced. The east London borough where he lived, Newham, was home to some of the most deprived and overcrowded wards in the country. Now, it was being proposed as the location of the Olympic village in Londonas bid to host the 2012 games.

As a politically active student at St Bonaventureas school, just east of the designated site, Amuzie had become involved in local campaigns to reduce street violence after a spate of local stabbings, earning his place as an ambassador on the councilas young mayoras team. When the Olympic bid was announced in 2003, he directed all his energies towards boosting local support for the games, on the basis that it would bring jobs, safer streets and the chance, one day, for someone like him to rent or even buy their own home. aThis wasnat just going to be a sports event, with developers making lots of money,a Amuzie told me. aIt was about our future.a

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The case against Donald Trump - podcast
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 02:00:26 GMT
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The US congressional hearings on the Capitol Hill attack have been prime time viewing. And the case against Donald Trump has been building for all to see, says Lawrence Douglas

The testimony was unprecedented. In an extraordinary sitting in Washington DC of the congressional committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol building, a White House staffer detailed how Donald Trump had attempted to grab the steering wheel of his presidential car in determination to join his supporters as they rioted. Cassidy Hutchinson also testified that Trump would fly into rages, on one occasion throwing a plate at the wall, smashing it in anger and leaving ketchup dripping down a White House wall.

Lawrence Douglas, a professor of law at Amherst College, tells Michael Safi that, throughout the series of slickly produced hearings, the committee has told a compelling narrative of the events that led up to the riots on January 6. And it goes beyond that, to alleged attempts to asteala the election via slates of afake electorsa and by piling pressure on key officials such as the vice president and the justice secretary.

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Seth Meyers on January 6 testimony: aEven Fox News seemed dazed by how devastating it wasa
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 15:25:32 GMT
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Late-night hosts discuss the damning testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson and the chilling fallout from the end of Roe v Wade

A day removed from one of the most effective January 6 committee hearings yet, Seth Meyers processed former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinsonas shocking testimony. Hutchinson told the committee that Trump knew his mob was armed, that his staff planned to storm the Capitol, and that Trump tried to snatch a steering wheel from a Secret Service agent when they refused to take him there.

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Twenty-six seconds of fame: how Doctor Strange got upstaged by a swivel-eyed extra
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:24:40 GMT
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The wedding scene guest, whose performance of a lifetime stole the show from Benedict Cumberbatch, enters that bizarre pantheon of extras who gave it some extra

A lot of the criticism directed towards Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness pertains to that final word. Aside from a brief montage of Doctor Strange being quickly flung through a bunch of multiverses, the film just wasnat mad enough for most people.

Well, more fool us. A clip from the movie has just gone viral, and it contains perhaps the maddest thing put to film in the last decade. We just didnat notice it at the time, because it happened in the background. If youave seen the film, youall know that there is a small, quiet scene in which Doctor Strange attends the wedding of his ex-girlfriend. In the foreground, Benedict Cumberbatch does lots of complicated internal work to show his discomfort with the situation. But watch the scene again. Look at the extra sitting behind him. She absolutely loses her mind.

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aThis is a perfect novela: Sally Rooney on the book that transformed her life
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:32 GMT
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Published 70 years ago, All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburg is a secret the Normal People author had been waiting to discover

When I first read Natalia Ginzburgas work several years ago, I felt as if I was reading something that had been written for me, something that had been written almost inside my own head or heart. I was astonished that I had never encountered Ginzburgas work before: that no one, knowing me, had ever told me about her books. It was as if her writing was a very important secret that I had been waiting all my life to discover. Far more than anything I myself had ever written or even tried to write, her words seemed to express something completely true about my experience of living, and about life itself. This kind of transformative encounter with a book is, for me, very rare, a moment of contact with what seems to be the essence of human existence. For this reason, I wanted to write a little about Natalia Ginzburg and her novel All Our Yesterdays. I would like to address myself in particular to other readers who are right now awaiting, whether they know it or not, their first and special meeting with her work.

Ginzburg was born Natalia Levi, the daughter of a Jewish father and Catholic mother, in Sicily in 1916. She and her four siblings grew up in Turin in northern Italy, in a secular and intellectually lively home. In 1938, at the age of 22, Natalia married the Jewish anti-fascist organiser Leone Ginzburg, and they went on to have three children together. In 1942, she published her first novel, La strada che va in cittA (The Road to the City). Due to the legal barriers imposed by the fascist government on publications by Jewish writers, this novel was printed under the pseudonym aAlessandra Tornimpartea. The Ginzburgs were sent into internal exile during the war, in the south of Italy, because of Leoneas political activities, but they travelled to Rome in secret to work on an anti-fascist newspaper. In 1944, Leone was imprisoned and tortured to death by the fascist regime. The war ended a year later, when Ginzburg was still in her 20s, a widowed mother of three small children. These experiences a her upbringing, her marriage, her motherhood, her husbandas death and the political and moral catastrophe of the second world war a would shape Ginzburgas writing for the rest of her life.

aPolitics,a thought Anna. She walked about the garden, amongst Signora Mariaas rose-trees, and repeated the word to herself. She was a plump girl, pale and indolent, dressed in a pleated skirt and a faded blue pullover, and not very tall for her fourteen years. aPolitics,a she repeated slowly, and now all at once she seemed to understand a|

He looked out of the window at the refugees from Naples who were now going hither and thither about the lanes of the village, carrying mattresses and babies, he looked and said how sad it was to see all these mattresses carried about here and there all over Italy, Italy was now pouring mattresses out of her ravaged houses.

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Marshall Jefferson sues Kanye West over alleged unauthorised Move Your Body sample
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:17:02 GMT
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Suit claims the 1986 house anthem was used at least 22 times on Westas track Flowers from Donda 2

Marshall Jefferson is suing Kanye West for sampling his 1986 hit Move Your Body at least 22 times, allegedly without a licence, on the song Flowers, from Westas 2022 album Donda 2.

The Chicago house progenitoras publisher Ultra International Music Publishing filed the complaint at New Yorkas US District Court on 29 June, the BBC reports.

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Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: Seven Psalms review a intimate prayers of extreme power
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:00:38 GMT
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Backed by reverberant synths and piano, Cave wrestles with faith and civil unrest in this powerful 25-minute release

Two years ago, at the height of lockdown, a fan wrote to Nick Caveas Red Hand Files website asking his opinions about prayer. As usual on a website where anyone is invited to ask Cave anything, his answer was long and thoughtful. aPrayer is not dependent on the existence of a subject,a he said. aYou need not pray to anyone. It is just as valuable to pray into your disbelief, as it is to pray into your belief, for prayer is not an encounter with an external agent, rather it is an encounter with oneself.a

Clearly, this was a topic that exercised Cave during the pandemic: Seven Psalms features seven prayers, written in 2020, with a musical accompaniment by his chief collaborator, Warren Ellis. Releasing something like this would count as a dramatically leftfield turn for most major alt-rock artists, but then Cave has hardly shied away from the complex issue of faith. His changing thoughts about God are a kind of connective tissue that runs throughout his body of work.

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Boy Friends by Michael Pedersen review a in the company of men
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:00:33 GMT
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A Scottish poetas memoir reflects touchingly on male friendship and masculinity

Scott Hutchison, a musician and visual artist best known as the singer in the band Frightened Rabbit, took his own life in 2018, aged 36. He was close friends with the Scottish poet Michael Pedersen, providing the illustrations for his second poetry collection, Oyster. In his new memoir, Boy Friends, Pedersen pays tender tribute to his late pal, remembering his amarshmallow-melting gooey grina, the brilliance of his drawings a athe morose made funny, dolefulness shadowed in lovea a and the good times they shared: road trips in South Africa and the Highlands; indulgent binges on oysters, Argyll smoked mussels and various obscure tipples.

These reminiscences give way to a thoughtful meditation on male friendship in general. We revisit several of Pedersenas intense early-20s friendships, including a asword sharp, politically clued-upa fellow student called David a ahe thumbed me like a trashy magazine, I read him like a clever comica a and Rowley, aa wonderful, mis-wired weirdo of impetuous passionsa. He is, by his own account, somewhat emotionally incontinent, prone to aclumsily spilling out sentiment here, there and everywhere a| I would tell me friends I loved them constantly.a This trait seems to have been shared by those towards whom he gravitated: aI always found friends who wanted to love too much, who collided rather than simply met.a

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Dredd zone: the anarchic world of comic-book artist Steve Dillon
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:00:06 GMT
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His groundbreaking work on such seminal characters as Judge Dredd, Preacher and Punisher is being celebrated with a posthumous show of his remarkable legacy

There are few artists who exemplify the anarchic, irreverent and anti-authoritarian British take on the comic book the way Steve Dillon does. Born in London and raised in Luton, Dillon died in New York in 2016, at the age of 54, following complications arising from a ruptured appendix. What remans is a remarkable body of work that includes the seminal UK comic magazine Deadline, which he co-founded; his illustrations on a fan-favourite run of Hellblazer, the Alan Moore-created comic that follows British chaos magician John Constantine; and most notably, the critically acclaimed Preacher, which he co-created with famed comics writer Garth Ennis.

First published by the US company DC in 1995, Preacher told the story of Jesse Custer, a small-town minister who is accidentally possessed by the offspring of an angel and a demon, and who goes on the road with his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire, searching for a solution to his problem. The comic ran for five years and was followed by a TV series starring Dominic Cooper, on which Dillon was executive producer.

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Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors by Aravind Jayan review a a bittersweet debut
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:36 GMT
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Embarrassing video footage goes viral in this fresh Indian comedy about generation gaps, gossip and the power of the internet

aLog kya kahenge?a (aWhat will people think?a) is a common Hindi phrase in India, a forewarning of public opinion on oneas personal life. Such opinions are generally understood to be overly critical, a judgment on oneas character and moral compass. The phrase hovers over Aravind Jayanas humorous and heartwarming first novel, Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors, haunting the eponymous protagonistsa families and lives.

Amma and Appa live in the Blue Hills housing colony in Trivandrum, Kerala. Theyare proudly on the road to a comfortable middle-class life, complete with a white Honda Civic a that marker of success and social mobility a when things fall apart. A clip of their eldest son Sreenath and his girlfriend Anita, caught on camera in asex-adjacenta activities, has been posted to a porn site and is now circulating far and wide, gathering more momentum and causing more mortification with each passing day. This viral video breaks the internet, severing familial bonds and leaving the reader wondering what the ripple effects will be.

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Rae Morris: aI want to be a national treasure, but the things I like are quite weirda
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:32 GMT
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The Blackpool-born artist talks about why the music industry doesnat get her, how sheas reclaiming her sexuality, and why sheas written a lush concept album about the north

Rae Morrisas house is so nice it has brought on an identity crisis. aI find myself in this fancy location house in Primrose Hill,a says the musician, scanning the mirrored walls and mustard velvet upholstery that has made her home a sought-after set for fashion shoots and TV shows. aAnd Iam like: what the fuck am I doing here?!a

The chasm between Morrisas very ordinary childhood in Blackpool a her dad was a firefighter, her mother an NHS worker a and her charmed existence has been playing on the 29-year-oldas mind. She is about to release her third album, Rachel@Fairyland, another collection of the idiosyncratic yet deeply catchy confections that have made her a lauded figure on the outer limits of British pop. Combining piano balladry with quirky production, piercing Kate Bush-style vocals and incisive, introspective lyrics, Morris creates indelible, euphoric tunes.

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SXSW 2023: Sydney to host South by Southwest culture festival
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:51:08 GMT
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Annual pop culture and tech conference is branching outside the US for the first time since it launched in Texas in 1987

South by Southwest is heading to Sydney in 2023, the first time the pop culture and afuturista festival has branched outside the US since its launch in 1987.

SXSW Sydney will run from 15 to 22 October next year with 1,000 events, screenings and performances across the city, Destination NSW, the New South Wales governmentas tourism and major events agency, announced on Thursday.

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Dining across the divide: aHe was not a Nigel Farage-type Brexit person, so that was nicea
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:30:04 GMT
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Sheas a Labour supporter; he hasnat voted in years. Can a carer and a prison caseworker bond over Jeremy Corbyn, despite disagreeing about the EU?

Danny, 56, Pontypool

Occupation Prison, drug and alcohol caseworker

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Ancient pharaohs, weird science and lovely Liza Minnelli a take the Thursday quiz
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:37 GMT
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Fifteen questions on general knowledge and topical trivia plus a few jokes every Thursday a how will you fare?

Here comes the Thursday quiz, representing all that is good in the world against a backdrop of unfolding chaos. Fifteen questions that are vaguely topical or general knowledge or generally just a bit weird. There are no prizes, but you can pick up one extra bonus point if you can spot a hidden reference to Doctor Who and mention it in the comments, where wead love to find out how you got on. Enjoy!

The Thursday quiz, No 62

If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email martin.belam@theguardian.com, but remember, the quiz masteras word is always final, and heas still busy watching Glastonbury sets on iPlayer.

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Virginia lawsuits indicate pattern of schools ignoring reported sexual assaults
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:30:31 GMT
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Two lawsuits are back in front of federal judges, drawing scrutiny to schoolsa failure to support students who report assaults


A pair of lawsuits that for years has plagued Virginiaas largest school system with allegations that it ignored studentsa accusations of sex assaults are back in front of federal judges.

One of the lawsuits includes allegations of horrific abuse suffered by a student at a Fairfax county middle school and was the basis for a 2014 federal investigation.

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Republicans seek to install apermanent election integrity infrastructurea across US
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:36 GMT
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Leading election denier promoting local groups to aoverseea elections and determine if officials are afriend or foea

Hello, and Happy Thursday,

A few Fridays ago, I was sitting in a large hotel ballroom in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, when a lawyer named Cleta Mitchell took the stage.

The US Supreme court will allow Louisiana to use a congressional map this year, even though a lower court found it discriminated against Black voters.

Tina Peters, a local clerk who faces criminal charges for allowing unauthorized access to voter equipment, lost her bid to be Coloradoas top election official.

The January 6 committee has broken the mold of the typical congressional hearing to create something gripping.

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After Uvalde shooting, tech companies tout their solutions. But do they work?
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:00:37 GMT
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Despite the growing adoption of security tools in US schools, mass shootings have remained constant throughout the past 30 years

After the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas , an all-too-familiar question emerged: how do we prevent such horror from happening again? A handful of companies have said they have tech solutions that could help.

They included the drone firm Axon , which promoted a remotely operated Taser device to be deployed in schools. EdTech companies, including Impero Software, said their student surveillance services could flag warning signs and help prevent the next attack.

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Newspapers in US closing at rate of two a week despite efforts to halt trend
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:27:52 GMT
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Areas without a reliable source of local news tend to be poorer, older and less educated than those covered well

Despite a growing recognition of the problem, the United States continues to see newspapers die at the rate of two per week, according to a report issued on Wednesday on the state of local news.

Areas of the country that find themselves without a reliable source of local news tend to be poorer, older and less educated than those covered well, Northwestern Universityas Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications said.

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Coca-Cola among brands greenwashing over packaging, report says
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 05:00:32 GMT
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Research aexposes litany of misleading claimsa by household names, including Coca-Cola and Unilever

Claims about plastic packaging being eco-friendly made by big brands, including Coca-Cola and Unilever, are misleading greenwashing, according to a report.

The Changing Markets Foundation says claims that companies are intercepting and using aocean-bounda or arecyclablea plastic to tackle the plastic pollution crisis are some of the most common examples of greenwashing.

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Four men charged after police find link to Texas migrant deaths
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 01:11:11 GMT
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Two of the men face smuggling charges after 53 migrants died when the trailer truck was abandoned in sweltering heat

Federal authorities have charged four men in connection with the deaths of at least 53 migrants who were left in an abandoned trailer truck on Monday evening in Texas.

The 45-year-old driver, Homero Zamorano Jr, faces charges of smuggling migrants into the US, leading to their deaths. A 28-year-old man whom Zamorano texted during the doomed trip, Christian Martinez, is accused of conspiring in the fatal attempt to smuggle migrants into the country.

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Brexit led to 14% fall in UK exports to EU in 2021, trade figures say
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:20:29 GMT
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Goods and services exported to bloc affected by return of customs border, EU commissioner says

Evidence of the negative impact of Brexit on the UKas trade with the European Union is starting to emerge with EU data showing that exports to the bloc declined by nearly 14% in 2021 compared with 2020, a senior official in Brussels has said.

MaroA! A efAoviA, the European Commission vice-president and Brexit negotiator, said that even with the impact of the pandemic being taken into account, the increase in red tape since the transition period ended in January 2021 has taken its toll on trade in goods and services with the UK.

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Denmarkas Covid mass mink cull had no legal justification, says report
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:54:05 GMT
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The extermination of 15 million animals and unnecessary shutdown of an entire industry has cost taxpayers billions

The Danish government lacked legal justification and made agrossly misleadinga statements when it ordered a mass mink extermination two years ago, according to an official inquiry into Europeas first compulsory farm sector shutdown, which has cost taxpayers billions in compensation to farmers.

In November 2020, Denmark, the worldas largest mink producer, announced it would kill its entire farmed mink population of 15 million animals, because of fears that a Covid-19 mutation moving from mink to humans could jeopardise future vaccines.

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